For the “300”: What “Culture”?

“Let the Greek children finally see the war heroes of the comics. They will not harm the historical truth more than oblivion harms it. What will be affected is only the pseudo-peaceful ideal…”

What did the Minister of Culture expect from the animated film “300”? The exact reproduction of the historical truth? The tourist promotion of Thermopylae? Abyss the soul of the untrained… The Minister of Culture may have proved to be a night-time surprise in terms of the sale of his former silverware, and the fate of the national relics that were kept on the Tatoion Estate but made wings, but also in the perception of what we have to expect when we leave our culture in foreign hands, it is not lacking. He was unhappy, they say, with the way Thermopylae fighters are portrayed in the comic strip. I don’t know. The official state representing the Greeks, how does it present them? With the exception of the Thermopylae monument, which also erected the initiative of Greek-Americans, what did the Greek state do to honor them?

Did he do more for our ancient, medieval, newer civilization? Many, judging by the Taiwanese choliadakia, the sad state museums with the unsymoving guards and the furd-meddly-mounted exhibits, the kebabs around the archaeological sites and the cultural excursions of the students to the late nights of the beach. Leave the “Glow” level theatrics, gentlemen, for the abuse of our history. We see how shamelessly you handle our history in school textbooks. We understand what your sensitivities are and to whom you feel you should be loyalists.

To make this clear, your attitude to our history and culture so far shows that you are not entitled to speak for one or the other. Let the Greek children finally see the war heroes of the comics. They will not harm the historical truth more than oblivion harms it. What will be affected is only the pseudo-peaceful ideology with which you disguise your cowardice and inadequacy. Yes, the Ancients painted masterpieces in their humble clay cups. But they didn’t write the History of Man and Culture, chewing greens and making art. They were warriors terrible and blood-stained, as much as this does not fit your cultural model that wants us regulars of your protégé Mr. Papaioannou and his “2”.

Whether you allow it or not, whether you like it or not, I declare a devotee of Leonidas and his “300”.